Swansea Grand Theatre
Just 10 minutes walk from our bed and breakfast
Saturday 29th September to Monday 29th October
Elysium gallery artists Philip Cheater, Kathryn Anne-Trussler, Amy Goldring, Tom Morris, Eifion Sven-Myer & Ann Jordan have created a series of large artworks responding to the Brangwyn Hall Panels in Swansea.
Immersing themselves in the lush vegetation and varied habitats depicted in the panels, these new works will be accompanied by a series of etchings, lithographs & prints by Frank Brangwyn (1867 – 1956) loaned by the Goldmark Gallery made possible by the Taliesin Arts centre
Monday and Tuesday, 15th/16th October
Voice of Reason. 14+.
Dara is one of the most recognisable faces on British TV, as host of the hugely successful Mock The Week, Star Gazing Live, Robotwars and Go8Bit. Catch one of the most charismatic, intelligent, fast-talking and downright funny live performers working today in this brand new show for 2018.
"His set is a masterclass in intelligent, no-frills stand-up" - THE GUARDIAN
"If you want a comic who can hold an audience in the palm of his hand for two hours, here's your man" - THE TIMES
"Sharp wit from a superfit mind" - EVENING STANDARD
"These are classy routines, that assume the audience's intelligence and condescend to no one". - THE GUARDIAN
Wednesday 17th October
An Evening with Neil Oliver
'The Story of The British Isles in 100 places'. 12+.
'I love Britain. I used to take the place for granted. Over the years I've learned how big a mistake that was. More recently I've wondered how many of us realise what a special place this is, how lucky we are. I've been round and round the edge, all over the interior. I've seen it all from land, sea and sky. Sometimes I think I've seen more of Britain than anyone else. A land shaped by ice, weather and us. A million years of human lives. Now I have my favourite places and together they have a story to tell - my own, unique story of Britain.'
Neil qualified as an archaeologist in 1988 and has also trained and worked as a journalist on publications such as The Scotsman, The Herald, The Guardian, The Edinburgh Evening News and The Daily Record, providing invaluable experience for when, in 2002 his career as a television broadcaster began. BBC 2's Two Men in a Trench saw Neil and his friend Tony Pollard visit historic British battlefields and recreate the battle situation using state-of-the-art technology. Following this, in 2005 Neil joined the team on the highly acclaimed BBC2 series Coast and in 2006 he stepped into the role of lead presenter. This has shaped his career to date and Neil's TV credits have been steadily building, and he continues to present both Coast Australia and Coast New Zealand. Neil lives in Scotland with his wife and three children.
Thursday 18th October
Jackson - Live in Concert
Starring CJ and his incredible band and dancers.
Michael Jackson is not only remembered as one of the most influential artists of all time, but many of today's artists have been inspired by his iconic style. His career spanned nearly five decades of music, and he was continually at the forefront of popular music. Jackson Live in Concert now features the hugely talented 'CJ' recreating the Michael Jackson experience with his stunning rendition of all his favourite songs., one of the most dedicated and well-
'CJ' is one of the most experienced, dedicated and well-respected Michael Jackson Tribute artists in the world today, and he perfectly captures the electrifying energy of Michael's live performances with 100% Live Vocals.
He's got the look, the moonwalk and the voice! His renditions of Thriller, Beat It and Billie Jean are truly sensational.
Jackson Live in Concert brings together superb musicians and dancers, fabulous costumes, and of course all the signature dance moves associated so fondly with the undisputed King of Pop.
Grand Theatre Arts Wings (10mins walk from our B&B)
Tuesday 16th October
The Traditional Orchestra of Shandong University
The internationally acclaimed orchestra from Shandong University's Fine Arts School. Having toured the world over the last 10 years, the Orchestra are widely praised for their captivating performances of traditional Chinese music.
Elsewhere in Swansea
Monday 17th September to Friday 19th october
Swansea College of Art/UWTSD Artists in Residence 2018/19 Exhibition
Swansea college of Art - 25mins walk from our guesthouse
A response to the impact of the First World War in Wales.
12 - 5pm each day
Saturday 22nd September to Monday 3rd December
Remembering our Heroes / Somethings we forgot to Remember
Swansea Museum - 20mins walk from our B&B
Remembering our Heroes’ is an exhibition of eight panels giving an overview of some of the First World War heroes from Swansea and Neath Port Talbot who displayed exceptional bravery and were honored in return with medals. It includes case studies of particular soldiers, with panels entitled proud to serve; Lance Corporal William Fuller VC; Chief Petty Officer George Prowse VC DCM; 2nd Lieut Rupert Price Hallowes VC MC; Captain John Stanley Strange DSO MC; Captain H W Godfrey Jones MC; and John Oliver Watkins CdeG.
‘Some Things we forgot to Remember’ an exhibition of seven panels takes a different, somewhat anti-heroic, look at the First World War, from the perspective of women war workers, conscientious objectors, soldiers from other parts of the British Empire, Belgian refugees, war widows and subject peoples, in this case the Kurds, who did not have a voice at the peace conference.
Saturday 22nd September to Saturday 3rd November
Simon Periton: Your War, My Love
Galerie Simpson, High street - 25mins walk from our guesthouse
Galerie Simpson is honored to be supporting Marc Rees’s “Now the Hero” with Simon Periton’s exhibition “Your War, My Love” from the 1996 piece of the same name. As well as his incredible hand cut panel, Galerie Simpson will be exhibiting several reverse glass portraits of the artists grandfather in his First Word War uniform.
Simon (1964), studied at Central St Martin’s School of Art and has exhibited internationally. Commissions include public sculpture projects for firstsite, Colchester, Essex, Channel Four, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Galerie Simpson, will also work off site with long term gallery collaborator Fiona Banner on a new wall piece in Swansea (placing tbc). Turner Prize nominated Banner will create something to complement her solo show “Buoys Boys” at the Mission Gallery. Simon is also exhibiting in “On Paper”, opening at the Glynn Vivian on the same evening.
Sunday 7th October to Sunday 18th November
A Spacewoman Dreams
Glyn Vivian Art Gallery - 25mins walk from our B&B
Anna Barratt I Gemma Copp I Joan Jones
This new film work by Swansea-based artists, Anna Barratt, Gemma Copp and Joan Jones, explores planetary and outer-planetary themes of loss, emptiness, futility and dislocation.
Creating a feeling of the impending extinction of human life, they trudge through eerily beautiful natural settings. Their costumes and gestures suggest a sense of abandonment and defiance, lending the idyllic scenery a foreboding bleakness. In increasingly turbulent times, politically, ecologically and psychologically, the work attempts to map out the experience of life lived on the very edge of existence.
Sunday 7th October to Sunday 11th November
Glyn Vivian Art Gallery - 25mins walk from our Hotel
Paper, often an overlooked support for drawings is the subject of this exhibition. From collage to sculpture, corrugated card to blotting paper, On Paper explores the work of celebrated 20th century and contemporary artists whose work demonstrates a range of approaches to work on paper and the use of paper as a sculptural medium.
Featuring work by over 20 artists including Karla Black, Tim Davies, Eduardo Paolozzi, Cornelia Parker, James Richards and Bridget Riley.
An Arts Council Collection exhibition
Sunday 7th October to Sunday 18th November
Wakelin Award 2018: Richard Billingham
Glyn Vivian Art Gallery - 25mins walk from our guesthouse
The Wakelin Award is given annually to a Welsh artist whose work is purchased for our permanent collection. This year’s selector is sculptor Laura Ford, who has chosen the work of Richard Billingham.
Richard Billingham lives in Swansea. He was the first recipient of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 1997 and was nominated for the Turner Prize, 2001. His work is held in many international public collections such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum, New York, Tate and the V&A, London.
He holds professorships at the University of Gloucestershire and Middlesex University.
The Award is administered and supported by the Friends of the Glynn Vivian, together with donations in memory of Richard and Rosemary Wakelin.
Tuesday 16th October
The Ballymurphy Precedent
Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University - 25mins walk or a short drive from our B&B
Dir: Callum Macrae
UK 2018 1hr 45mins
Award-winning director Callum Macrae's new feature documentary tells the story of the death of eleven innocent people killed by the British Army on a Catholic estate in Belfast in 1971, and the fight by their relatives and survivors to discover the truth. This is one of the most shameful – but almost entirely unknown – episodes in the thirty years of the Northern Irish Troubles.
This is a massacre that few have heard of, yet it was one of the most significant events of the Troubles, coming as it did in the first days of internment and six months before Bloody Sunday. Macrae's film is s skilful mixture of investigative journalism, documentary storytelling and a reflection on contemporary history.
“Ultimately this is a film not only about Northern Ireland but about the British state and how the centre of power is repeatedly tempted to discount those at the periphery.” WALES ARTS REVIEW
Wednesday 17th October
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Talieisn Arts Centre, Swansea University - 25mins walk or a short drive from our B&B
Dir: Desiree Akhavan
US 2018 1hr 31mins
Chloë Grace Moretz, Steven Hauck, Quinn Shephard
1993, in the US. Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) looks the part of a perfect high school girl. But after she's caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night, Cameron is quickly shipped off to a gay conversion therapy centre that treats teens "struggling with same-sex attraction." At the facility, Cameron is subjected to outlandish discipline, dubious "de-gaying" methods, and earnest Christian rock songs-but this unusual setting also provides her with an unlikely gay community. For the first time, Cameron connects with peers, and she's able to find her place among fellow outcasts.
“Akhavan’s film of acceptance and optimism feels as urgent as ever.” ROGER EBERT
Thursday 18th October
How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens
Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University - 25mins walk or a short drive from our guesthouse
When a lion is chased out of town, a little girl, Iris, helps him to find somewhere to hide. Iris embarks on a mission to squash her new friend into a variety of sneaky tight spots, as the misinformed town folk try and track him down. Helen Stephens’ magical book, How to Hide a Lion, comes to life with playful humour, dazzling puppets and jazz.
Pigtails Productions, Polka Theatre and Oxford Playhouse present How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens, Directed and Adapted by Peter Glanville and with music and songs by Barb Jungr.
"Comes to life with a roar." The Guardian
"Little gem of a production . . . enchanting mini musical." Children's Theatre Review
"Staying true to the terrific tale and delightful drawings, with an extra pawful of stagey sprinkles... this makes for a very classy production." Curious Mum
Babes-in-arms go free.
Running time: 50mins
Age recommendation: 3-6
Thursday 18th October
Great Hall, Swansea University, Bay Campus - 10mins drive from our hotel
Swansea University Centenary Lecture Series
Curated and introduced by Professor in Creativity, Owen Sheers
The Book of Humans: The story of how we became us
We like to think of ourselves as exceptional beings, but are we really any more special than other animals? Acclaimed science writer and presenter of Radio 4’s Inside Science Adam Rutherford introduces his latest work, a mythbusting tour of life on Earth that explores how many of the things once considered to be exclusively human are not: we are not the only species that communicates, that makes tools, that utilises fire, or that has sex for reasons other than to make new versions of ourselves.
Adam’s talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.
‘You’ll be spellbound’ PROF BRIAN COX
Sponsored by Swansea Building Society.
Books available to purchase from Cover to Cover Bookshop.
Sunday 28th October
Concert: Ralph McTell
Taliesin Arts centre, Swansea University - 25mins walk or a short drive from our B&B
One of the great storytellers, Ralph McTell, is now celebrating more than 50 years on the road. Known for his virtuoso guitar style, he is primarily a prolific and gifted songwriter. With a style that invites you into a unique world, he weaves a narrative that is both significant and poignant.
Ralph made his debut in 1968 with the album ‘Eight Frames a Second’ and in 1974 the release of ‘Streets of London’ earned him an Ivor Novello Award.
In 2002 he was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Saturday 16th February 2019
Swansea TangoPuro Workshop and Welsh Valentine Ball
Room B, Fulton House, Singleton Campus, Swansea University - 25mins walk or a short drive from our B&B
We are delighted to be bringing internationally renowned Argentine Tango teachers and performers Alejandro Angelica and Ornella Tirrito to Swansea for a very special workshop.
The workshop will run from 4-7pm, followed by Valentine Milonga Ball until 23:30pm (we hope to announce a band or guest DJs in the near future)
Location: Room B, Fulton House, Singleton Campus, Swansea University (the Room has a large, beautifully sprung, wooden floor)
Price: Workshop and Dancing/Milonga £30 (Ball) only £15).
You will need to have some experience of dancing Tango to take part in this workshop, if you are unsure please message us and we are happy to advise you.
Spaces for the workshop will be limited to 15 leaders and 15 followers, so please book your place by sending us a message on Facebook or emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alejandro and Ornella are multi-talented dancers, choreographers, researchers and founders of the tango system Tangopuro®. You can read more on the Tangopuro website: http://www.tangopuro.org/
Phone Hotel on: 01792 651380